The piece states that they’re considering both Gayle and Boro’s Britt Assombalonga ahead of the Serbian’s likely exit this summer, believing both could fire them to promotion next season.
It’s easy to see why they’d target Gayle – he’s now one of the most proven Championship strikers with almost 50 goals in his last two season in the second tier – however it remains to be seen if they’d pay £20m for a player turning 29 later this year.
Here’s a snippet from the Evening Stanard’s piece, suggesting they could sell Mitrovic for £30m and replace him with Gayle:
Fulham have identified Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga as possible replacements for Aleksandar Mitrovic if the Serb leaves Craven Cottage.
Mitrovic is expected to exit Fulham this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, with West Ham and Crystal Palace both interested in a move for him.
Fulham believe Newcastle forward Gayle and Middlesbrough frontman Assombalonga could score the goals to fire them to promotion in the Championship next season.
The Cottagers could hold out for at least £30million for Mitrovic and new manager Scott Parker would have funds to reinvest in the squad.
Gayle, 28, scored 24 goals on loan at West Brom in the Championship this season. Newcastle want £20m for former Crystal Palace striker.
Fulham seem to be desperate to keep a hold of Mitrovic – their top scorer last season and the man that fired them to promotion in 2018 – however it seems so unlikely that he’ll spend another stint in the Championship.
It has been reported that Gayle wants to land a Premier League move this summer, but a return to London could tempt him – not forgetting the fact Fulham may be one of the few Championship sides willing to pay his alleged £55,000 per-week wage demands.
One thing that seems clear to me – we have no excuse not to activate Salomon Rondon’s £16.5m release clause at West Brom if we receive £3.5m more for Gayle; a player who’s only one year younger than the Venezuelan.